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Italian alternatives? St Foy / La Rosiere

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Hi

I started taking my family skiing 5 years ago. Both my daughter (then 4) and my wife were absolute beginners and as such we've tended to favour smaller, quieter resorts. The last 4 years we've been to either La Rosiere or Sainte Foy at quieter times of the year, both of which have been great. My wife is massively confident and I think would really be uncomfortable in a busy major resort. As well as the quiet slopes, a family friendly atmosphere, a mountain based village and reasonable height (for snow sureness) have all been positive factors.

Of course on the down side smaller resorts don't have a huge number of runs so you tend to explore them fairly thoroughly. There'e been talk of perhaps trying somewhere new this year. We really fancy Italy (great food!) and perhaps (less so on my wife's side) Austria as possible alternatives to France.

We've done both catered chalet's with friends and their families or self catered apartments (at places with a pool etc for the kids) and either format has worked really well. A resort that suits early intermediates (in terms of runs) would be ideal.

Anyone got any recommendations for resorts we might look into? We're likely to go either end of January or early March.

Thanks Very Happy

James
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San Cassiano in the Dolomites? Yes, it's on the Sella Ronda and a huge area, but there are lots of quiet spots and lots of confidence-inspiring cruisey blues. Plus, from memory, much cheaper on the mountain than most of France
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Madesimo, Lombardy

San Martino di Castrozza, Trentino Dolomites

Solda, South Tyrol
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eng_ch wrote:
San Cassiano in the Dolomites? Yes, it's on the Sella Ronda and a huge area, but there are lots of quiet spots and lots of confidence-inspiring cruisey blues. Plus, from memory, much cheaper on the mountain than most of France


That's the one I picked out with very similar criteria. As it happens, the non-confident half of the family opted out completely and so I chose Champoluc instead.

The only thing I couldn't confirm was about the ski school, whether there were guaranteed English speaking classes, good reputation etc.

@felstead I assume you're taking your daughter out of school, just to note that if you've got the later Feb half term week, then I think Italy looks great for avoiding the crowds during that week anyway; although more experienced heads can better advise.
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Champoluc is a cracker and they cater well for toddlers/kids through teens - nice British ski school and kids clubs too. All resort runs are at greatest difficulty intermediate and suit the most non-confident of skiers. There is one short section of the Goat run which some can find tricky - but this is easily avoided by planning a different route. Mostly hotel accommodation i think but the hotels we've stayed in have been family-run or have that family feel about them. Fantastic arrangement Ski2 have where you all get lunch vouchers (adults and kids) which can be used in most of the mountain restaurants, including in the further flung valleys of Gressoney and Alagna. We've been mainly at Easter with Ski2 - https://ski-2.com/
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Thanks for the recommendations guys - I'll check them all out. Some great looking places.
Greatly Appreciated !!
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Madonna de Campilgio will suit your needs perfectly.

Also worth considering Cortina D'Amprazzo(sic).
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Madonna de Campilgio will suit your needs perfectly.

Also worth considering Cortina D'Amprazzo(sic).
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Cortina is beautiful, calm and quiet.
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